Ok... so... I tried running yesterday... after my second one minute period (with one minute in between), my shins were in pain again.
However... I spent the rest of my 30 minutes averaging at 3.5 mph walking... with the occasional 4.0 mph. And... while I wasn't getting the stitch in my side that I associate with running hard... or the out of breath feeling... I could still feel the workout.
So... I want to run... but I feel as though I can't. I don't want to get myself dependent on ellipticals or other machines... because there are many times where they just aren't available... and so I want something like running that I could go out and do almost anywhere.
But... the pain in my shin just isn't worth it.
So... what are benefits of running compared with speed walking? I still sped walked around 2.2 miles in the 30 minutes... but... yeah.